Joan Smith

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Robin Williams: 'a lightning ball of comic energy'

Even when he was pretending to be someone else, Robin Williams was pretending to be someone else. His characters were always engaged in some kind of play-acting or make-believe, in the same way Williams himself would frantically flit between personae in his comedy act, trying to find a face and …

Woody Allen

Koko's Tribute to Robin Williams

Eminem and Rihanna Kick Off 'Monster Tour' at Rose Bowl

Just days after Beyoncé and Jay Z wrapped the U.S. leg of their “On the Run Tour,” another powerhouse duo kicked off theirs. Eminem and Rihanna …

Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M.

Self-Care For Poor Folks: Grocery Store Beauty Supplies

Today we are going to talk about some stuff I love -- I am going to try really hard not to nerd out too hard.<p>First, let’s talk about things you can buy from the grocery store (things that you can get with food benefits if you get those) that you can eat as well as have on hand for skin and hair …

Coconut

Katy at Johnny Wujek’s Bday Party - 7/27

'Barrel bomb' use in Syria said to escalate despite U.N. ban

The Syrian government has escalated its use of "barrel bombs" against densely populated neighborhoods near Aleppo in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution banning the indiscriminate and deadly explosives,<p>Human Rights Watchreported Wednesday.<p>The report also appealed to Russia and China to …

From Spain to Syria: A Modern Inquisition

My family name, "Maron," is a vestige of and a testament to the human capacity to hate. My family tradition tells the story of my ancestors' expulsion -- along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews -- from the Iberian Peninsula by royal Spanish decree in 1492 following an era of great success …

Middle East

Syria: "Nobody Here Was Prepared for This"

MSF project manager Loïc Jaeger describes the situation in Syria, where he spent two months working in an MSF hospital.<p><i>Doctors Without</i> …

Israel

'The world stands disgraced' - Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15

• UN condemns IDF attack on sleeping children as violation of international law • Strike on crowded market in Shujai'iya during ceasefire kills 17 • Death toll now more than 1,300 after three weeks of fighting<p>United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the …

Israel Kills 15 During Assault On UN School As Military Intensifies Attack On Refugee Camp

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller<p>GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 30 (Reuters) - Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in aschool in Gaza's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three …

Associated Press News

FactCheck: What About the Britons Who Fight for Israel?

Written by Patrick Worrall who writes the Channel 4 News FactCheck blog.<p><b>The claim</b><p>"We have British citizens going over to fight in the Israeli army. …

Death Toll in Gaza Climbs, Israel Calls up More Troops

More than three weeks have passed since Israel launched its current offensive against Gaza, after a series of cross-border kidnappings and killings. In that time, Reuters reports that more than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed, nearly 7,000 wounded, the majority of them civilians. In Israel, 56 …

Russell Brand Takes Sean Hannity To Task Over His Views On Israel / Palestine, Calls Him A Ken Doll

Russell Brand is still in full revolution mode it would seem, putting out over 100 episodes of <i>The Trews</i> on YouTube in an effort to stoke the burning inside the youth of the world, or something like that. I’m still waiting on the mass demonstrations and weenie roasts.<p>We’ve talked about it before and …

Netanyahu: No Truce Without Destruction Of All Gaza-Israel Border Tunnels

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels.<p>The Israeli military …

Israel

Erdogan: Israel 'Keeps Hitler's Spirit Alive' With Gaza Offensive

Israel is "keeping Hitler's spirit alive" according to Turkish prime minister and presidential hopeful Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>"What is the difference …

Xinjiang: Tight security after deadly violence

<b>China has stepped up security in parts of Xinjiang following the region's worst outbreak of violence for months.</b><p>Several people in Yarkant county and Kashgar told the BBC the streets were full of checkpoints and police patrols.<p>They also reported internet and social media services were cut. …

Extremism

Crashed drone carried contraband aimed at South Carolina prison | Reuters

CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday.<p>The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was …